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Asm. Wisniewski Says Nothing Changes Following Port Authority Resignations

12-13-13

Following the hearings on the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, Port Authority Deputy Director Bill Baroni has resigned from his position. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) told NJTV News Manging Director Mike Schneider that he was not surprised by Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement of the resignation.

“Clearly his position is lets move on, this is not a big issue, there are other things facing the state but the reality here is the escapades of Mr. Baroni and Mr. (David) Wildstein and changing the lanes and causing the havoc that they caused in Fort Lee really speak to a larger concern,” said Wisniewski.

Wisniewski also mentioned that the Port Authority has a bigger budget than 26 U.S. states and that it has gotten out of control without any oversight or accountability.

Following Baroni’s resignation, Christie named Deborah Gramiccioni as Baroni’s replacement. Wisniewski mentions that he would like to see Gramiccioni establish her credibility within the Port Authority and work closely with her New York counterparts. He would also like for the Port Authority to become accountable and transparent.

Within the Port Authority the New York appointees have no ability to address nothing that a New Jersey appointee does and vice versa according to Wisniewski. During his testimony under oath, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye admitted that he was not happy with what occurred but that he had no power to terminate Wildstein said Wisniewski.

Wisniewski also mentions that nothing changes because two officials have resigned and the the investigation continues.

“There’s a longer story here, there’s a bigger issue here on how this agency can grow to become so unaccountable in such a period of time as to defy just about anybody,” said Wisniewski.